Storybooks Through The Ages
Storybooks Through the Ages is an expansive, 397 square foot mural in the NEW Children’s Room that traces the history of children’s literature from Aesop’s Fables up through modern day classics like Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. With colorful illustrations, this vibrant addition to the Children’s Room is not only visually stimulating, but also a valuable teaching tool, emphasizing the significance of literature throughout the ages.
Storybooks Through the Ages is more than just a mural. Hidden within the captivating paintings by local artist Marc Stolfi, you will find historic Torrington landmarks and significant objects created in Torrington throughout its 275+ year history.
Children are encouraged to search for these landmarks and items in an ongoing scavenger hunt. There is a handout with the history of each building and item– strengthening our patrons' understanding of Torrington and its rich history!
1484 - Aesop's Fables
1697 - Mother Goose
1719 - Robinson Crusoe
1726 - Gulliver's Travels
1823 - Grimm's Fairy Tales
1864 - Journey to the Center of the Earth
1865 - Alice in Wonderland
1868 - Little Women
1876 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1877 - Black Beauty
1881 - The Adventures of Pinocchio
1883 - Treasure Island
1884 - Huckleberry Finn
1894 - Jungle Book
1900 - Wizard of Oz
1902 - The Tale of Peter Rabbit
1906 - Peter Pan
1908 - Anne of Green Gables
1908 - The Wind in the Willows
1911 - The Secret Garden
1922 - Velveteen Rabbit
1926 - Winnie the Pooh
1937 - The Hobbit
1939 - Goodnight Moon
1939 - Madeline
1941 - Curious George
1943 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1945 - Stuart Little
1950 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
1951 - Catcher in the Rye
1952 - Charlotte's Web
1955 - Eloise
1956 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
1957 - The Cat in the Hat
1958 - Paddington Bear
1962 - The Snowy Day
1963 - Where the Wild Things Are
1963 - Clifford the Big Red Dog
1963 - Amelia Bedelia
1967 - The Outsiders
1969 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
1970 - Frog and Toad are Friends
1974 - My Brother Sam is Dead
1974 - Where the Sidewalk Ends
1977 - Bridge to Terabithia
1985 - The Polar Express
1985 - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
1986 - Magic School Bus
1986 - Franklin the Turtle
1988 - Matilda
1992 - Rainbow Fish
1993 - The Giver
1998 - Harry Potter
1999 - Lemony Snicket
2000 - Magic Tree House series
2000 - Pigeon/Elephant/Piggie
2005 - Fancy Nancy
2007 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2008- Pete the Cat
2015 - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Check out this video of the completed project!
To read a history of the historic landmarks of hidden items featured in our mural, click here! scavenger_hunt_brochure.pdf
Histories are compliments of the Torrington Historical Society.
Visit the Historical Society for information!
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
John Brown Birthplace
North School/Torrington PD
Strong/Fowler House (Oldest Standing House in
Torrington Historical Society/Hotchkiss-Fyler House
Underground Railroad House (Uriel Tuttle House on Torringford St)
Water Street Fire House
Yankee Peddlar/Conley’s Inn
About the Artist- Marc Stolfi
Marc is a Torrington-born artist/illustrator currently working from his studio at Liberty Art and Framing in Torrington, CT. Out of college, Marc focused mainly on illustration and created artwork for various publications such as Connecticut Magazine, National Golfer, The Catalina Island Conservancy and Together Time Children’s activity books.
Marc was discovered as a fine-artist while employed part time at an art gallery in Guilford, CT. The owner, Peter Falk, (Editor in Chief of AskArt.com) saw Marc’s work and promptly fired him from gallery sitting. He then commissioned Marc to produce twenty-one Tromp L’Oeil paintings for the gallery.
Since then Marc has shown and sold paintings throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas and Arizona. Marc is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, (published by Sound View Press) and the National Registry of Fine Art.
When not painting commissioned works, Marc helps raise his four young children and works with his wife, Laura, in their custom frame shop.